Magny-Cours: Pre-race notes

CURIOSITIES HAGA - The Japanese rider is only two races short of reaching Aaron Slight in the all-time third place for races run: 229 for the New Zealander. The leader is Corser, who started his 300th race at Vallelunga and can now count on 301...


HAGA - The Japanese rider is only two races short of reaching Aaron Slight in the all-time third place for races run: 229 for the New Zealander. The leader is Corser, who started his 300th race at Vallelunga and can now count on 301 presences.


. Ayrton Badovini qualified in second place in the 2006 Superstock event, retiring in the race. He fought back the following year winning from the third spot on the grid;

. Troy Bayliss has never qualified on the front row at Magny-Cours, obtaining as best result a sixth in 2006. In the races he racked up a win in race 2 in 2006 and a second in 2007, race 1, conquering thus two podium places out of four races run;

. Max Biaggi managed to come home second in race 2 last year, at his first experience on this track. In race 1 he was involved in an accident at the first turn, but he eventually managed to finish sixth after a good comeback through the field;

. Troy Corser only scored his first podium at Magny-Cours in his seventh race there, in 2006, race 1. He managed to get on the podium also in the following two races at this track. In the last five races here his worst result is a fourth and he has finished in the points since race 2, 2004. Corser took pole in Magny-Cours in 2004 and 2006. The 2004 one was the second and last pole scored by Petronas;

. The best result for Michel Fabrizio in four races is a ninth in race 2, 2007. In the Supersport Championship he was on pole and finished third in 2005, while in the Superstock Championship he took pole in 2003, finishing fourth;

. Sebastien Gimbert scored in 2004 at Magny-Cours his best career result, a fourth place in both races;

. Noriyuki Haga is the most successful rider at Magny-Cours, with three wins: the first he scored in 2004, race 2 and a double last year. The Japanese rider boasts the highest number of podium placements together with Toseland, six;

. Regis Laconi climbed on the podium twice out of eight races run at Magny-Cours: a couple of thirds in 2004 in the races that gave Toseland his first World title;

. Lorenzo Lanzi won race 2 in 2005, his only podium placement out of five starts. In 2007 he was involved in a first turn accident that prevented him from taking part in race 2. In the Superstock 1000 Championship he started second behind Michel Fabrizio in 2003, winning the race in front of James Ellison;

. Gregorio Lavilla has only raced at Magny-Cours in 2003, scoring a couple of fourth places;

. The best result by Karl Muggeridge is a fourth place out of five races run in his Superbike debut year, 2005. In 2003 and 2004 Karl won the Supersport race;

. The best result for Max Neukirchner is a fourth in race 1 last year, when he climbed for the first time on the works Suzuki. The German scored points for five straight races in Magny-Cours before falling in race 2 last year;

. Fonsi Nieto climbed onto the podium for the first time last year in race 2 at his sixth attempt;

. The best result for Roberto Rolfo is a seventh place in race 2 in 2007;

. Kenan Sofuoglu was second in the Supersport race in 2006 and won the 2007 one starting from pole;

. Jakub Smrz retired in both races run here in 2007;

. Chris Walker has always finished in the points in all of his eight races run at Magny-Cours, scoring a couple of third places on his debut here in 2003;

. Ruben Xaus won race 2 in 2003 and finished on the podium in race 1 (second). For him then a long absence up to the 2007 season, when he finished eighth and tenth.


. The only pole position scored by Ducati at Magny-Cours dates back to 2003, when James Toseland scored his maiden pole;

. At Magny-Cours five different manufacturers have set poles: Honda, Kawasaki, Ducati, Petronas and Suzuki. The only major manufacturer missing from this list is Yamaha, which scored its best results on the French track with a third for Haga in 2005 and Corser in 2007;

. The third place by Fonsi Nieto in race 2 in 2007 is to date the last podium placement for Kawasaki.


. October 3rd 2004, Magny-Cours race 1: first and only fastest race lap for Steve Martin. 1993, Donington: first podium for Jamie Whitham;

. October 4th 1998, Sugo race 1: first and only win for Keiichi Kitagawa. In the same race Akira Ryo scored his first fastest lap and climbed for the first time onto the podium. 1992, Monza race 2: 10th fastest lap for Fabrizio Pirovano and first podium for Piergiorgio Bontempi;

. October 5th 1997, Sugo: first front row appearance for Noriyuki Haga. In race 2 the Japanese rider scored his first win and in the same race the 25th fastest lap in Yamaha's history.


. In the Supersport Championship Honda has always scored pole in the five races run here and won four times out of five, leaving the win to Yamaha only in 2005, when Broc Parkes won. Honda conquered all the fastest laps as well;

. In the Superstock 1000 Championship Italian riders have won four times out of five, leaving the other win to Belgian Van Keymeulen in 2005;

. In the Superstock 600 Championship three different bikes have won the three races run: in 2005 Yoann Tiberio won with the Honda CBR 600RR, in 2006 Xavier Simeon on the Suzuki GSX 600 R and last year Maxime Berger on the Yamaha YZF-R6.

-credit: wsbk

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , Broc Parkes , Steve Martin , Gregorio Lavilla , Ruben Xaus , Chris Walker , James Toseland , Fonsi Nieto , Troy Corser , Kenan Sofuoglu , Karl Muggeridge , James Ellison , Michel Fabrizio , Roberto Rolfo , Jakub Smrz , Sébastien Gimbert , Yoann Tiberio , Lorenzo Lanzi , Max Neukirchner , Xavier Simeon , Maxime Berger , Laconi Régis , Ayrton Badovini